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"news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. oh, baby. why some new mothers have quite a delivery this morning. plus why the president will not be talking with congressional leaders about the debt deal today, but he will lay out his case to the american people. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. as we look outside this morning at 5:00 a.m., we're sitting at 69 degds in the upper northwest. i would imagine, tom, folks all over the area are sitting pretty this morning. >> indeed. it's worth getting up early to enjoy this wonderful break from our usual high humidity and heat in july. temperatures around the region are comfortable again. we've got that first light of dawn showing up on the eastern horizon. temperatures around the bay and the eastern shore are in the 60s in most locations. annapolis, though, is right at 70. they're going to get a bit of a
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breeze off the chesapeake bay. the bay water temperatures are into the 70s, near 80 already, and the atlantic water beaches, by the way, are certainly swimmable now. they're into the mid-70s. beautiful weekend for the beaches. temperatures closer to washington and prince george's county, mid-60s. low 60s to mid-60s in montgomery, arlington, and fairfax, to the 50s out of the mountains to our west. we have just a few high clouds drifting in. a few sprinkles trying to make their way into north and west virginia. there is the predawn glow over washington on this friday morning. sunrise 5:55. by noontime, will be near 80, and a partly cloudy day will peak in the mid-80s. a look at the night planner in ten minutes. here's a look at traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. it is a good look. so far our roadways are looking wonderful. i love this time of morning only because i get to deliver good news. i hate showing you traffic. i like to show you things like this. this is 18th street and east west highway. this is in maryland checking your local roadways.
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good morning prince george's. you're roadways look good. here in montgomery county, silver spring, local roadways are smooth and no major accidents to report. we shoot down to d.c., new york avenue and florida. d.c., good morning. and your roadways are excellent so far. and another look right now, 395 at duke street. it's a clear ride on 395 as you make your way to the 14th street bridge. aaron, back to you. >> danella, thank you. new overnight, holy cross hospital fully operational again after a fire caused evacuations there. montgomery county fire officials say a heating and ac unit outside the building caught fire about 11:15 last night. smoke got inside the third floor, which houses the maternity ward. hospital staff moved some patients to another part of the building while fire crews put out those flames. fire investigators say no patients were in any danger. this morning president obama will give another update on talks to increase the nation's debt limit. he scheduled a news conference, his second this week. this comes amid new hope that a deal can be reached. news 4's melissa mollet is live
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in our news room with more on this. good morning, melissa. >> good morning to you, joe. that news conference is scheduled for 11:00 this morning. president obama is giving lawmakers now until saturday to find a plan of action. today will be a rare day off from face to face negotiations as they follow the president's urging to try to figure out a plan to move ahead. the president is asking lawmakers to take three deficit reduction options to their members and see which, if any, can win a vote in the house and senate. house republicans say they won't raise the debt limit without equal spending cuts, but obama and other democrats insist that higher revenues must also be included. senate republican mitch mcconnell and democrat harry reid are trying to come together, working on a backup plan that would give the president authority to raise the debt ceiling and put off the debate until 2013. thursday news 4's jim vance sat down with president obama for an exclusive interview. >> what's required here in washington is that politicians
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understand now's not the time to play games, now's not the time to posture, now is the time to do what's right by the country. >> for the markets, another credit agency standard & poor's is warning it may downgrade the u.s. rating if nothing is done. this as the federal reserve chairman says he fears financial system chaos. stocks and bonds have barely flinched to this point. for now investors appear to think that lawmakers will reach a deal. >> melissa, thanks very much. you can watch the president's comments right here on nbc 4. tune into news 4 midday at 11:00 a.m. the debt crisis is an issue that impacts all americans, but one of the biggest issues on the minds of washingtonians is voting rights. jim vance also asked the president what he had to say to the 500,000 of us citizens who don't have a vote in congress. >> i'm fully supportive of voting rights for d.c. citizens. i'm fully supportive of home
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rule. i'm fully supportive of making sure that the washington, d.c., government has its own budget authority. i'm supportive of folks in d.c. being treated like everyone else in the country, in maryland or virginia. we have not gotten a lot of support from the other side on that issue, but i will continue to stand by those in d.c. who believe that they should not be paying taxes like everybody else and serving the military like everybody else and doing everything that's expected of citizens and yet not have the same voting rights as everybody else in america. >> you can see jim vance's entire interview with president obama on our website, you'll see a link right there on the home page. today a federal court will decide whether to reconsider its order that the government immediately end the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. the obama administration filed an emergency motion asking the u.s. ninth circuit court of appeals to reconsider its decision to lift its stay of a lower court's ruling last year.
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that lower court found the military's ban on openly gay troops to be unconstitutional. the justice department has asked the ninth circuit to reimpose the stay by the end of today. new this morning in decision 2012 a gallup poll shows president obama lagging behind in support from potential voters in his race for re-election. 47% of renl stegistered voters surveyed favor the republican party's candidate, whoever that may be. president obama got 39% of the support. this is the second consecutive month republicans have led this poll. this particular survey was conducted july 7th through july 10th. the pentagon revealing a massive security breach, some 24,000 files stolen. they blame it on a cyber attack by a foreign government. officials say it happened sometime in the spring. the defense department calls the leak significant and adds there is a pretty good idea who is responsible. new this morning, the bbc reports news international chief
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executive rebecca brooks has resigned. meanwhile, the fbi has announced an investigation into rupert murdoch's news corporation in connection with the phone hacking scandal in britain. u.s. attorney general eric holder confirmed they are looking into allegations that newscorp employees tried to hack into the telephones of 9/11 victims in the united states. meanwhile, murdoch and his son james will appear before british lawmakers next week. the scandal is widening now to include accusations of eavesdropping and police bribery. murdoch shut down his tabloid "news of the world" newspaper in response to the scandal. osama bin laden was apparently planning for a 9/11 anniversary attack. "the wall street journal" reports bin laden was working to assemble a team of militants. that's according to information obtained in the raid on his compound in may. officials say the plans were only in the discussion phase, and they haven't seen any signs the plot ever went beyond that. 5:07 is the time right now. ahead, the embarrassing mistake
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helping deliver jobs across this country and goods around the world. reinvesting billions of their own money every year to build a rail network that powers our economy. nobody moves more dirt than caterpillar. and we rely on freight rail to move us. our time right now is 5:10. we have 68 degrees and a beautiful dramatic sky out there
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this morning. sunlight heading over the district right now with those beautiful clouds up in the sky. lovely day. >> absolutely. the light reflecting off the buildings there in the bottom and the potomac river. tom kierein is in storm center 4 with a look at what we can expect the rest of today. another beautiful day on tap, tom. >> it is the gift that keeps on giving. good morning. temperatures comfortably cool again. right now 69 at reagan national. mid and upper bay into the 60s. near the water, it's dipped into the 50s. cambridge, maryland, up to 57. in west virginia, many locations in the 50s as has the central shenandoah valley. central virginia, 55 right now. montgomery, arlington, fairfax counties, now partly cloudy and in the low to mid-60s. there is the sky over washington. sunrise at 5:55. that's in about 45 minutes, and we'll have our temperatures by noontime near 80. partly cloudy through the day but not very humid.
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comfortable afternoon, highs reaching the mid-80s. here's your friday night planner. we will have our temperatures beautiful. a wonderful summer evening coming up in the 70s to near 70 by midnight. we'll have a partly cloudy sky. a look at the weekend and into next week in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? i have report of an accident. this is if you're traveling 295 south right at suitland parkway. be aware of that as you're making your commute. let's shoot up to 270. this is at germantown. i am seeing some volume at 270 south. however, nothing significant. you're still traveling at a good speed, and that's a good thing as we head down to virginia. those headlights coming towards us. that's 95 north. this is at the occoquan. volume here as well. but same story. so far you're still traveling at a good speed. and the rails are open. good news here as well. metro, marc, vre, no delays. back to you, joe and aaron. >> danella, thanks. >> our time right now is 5:12. ahead, the police chief calls it appalling what one d.c.
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a d.c. police officer faces charges of sexually abusing three women while on duty. a grand jury indicted larry say. he's accused of forcing sex acts on three women from 2006 to 2010 all while in full uniform armed with a gun. he is currently assigned to the department's third district. he's been with the department for 18 years. police chief kathy lanier released a statement saying the accusations against him are, quote, appalling. today you can help employees of a d.c. institution out of work right now because of a fire. capitol hill residents and businesses have organized a
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fund-raiser to help the staff at the tune in restaurant and bar make ends meet. the staff has been out of work since fire ripped through that legendary restaurant last month. the tune in is being rebuilt. today's fund-raiser will happen at the american legion post 8 on "d" street southeast from 8:00 to 10:00 tonight. while the tune inn remains closed, there will be food donated by local businesses. police arrested a woman in connection with an acid attack on a mother and child in prince george's county. katrina watts was carrying her daughter out of her car when she was splashed with acid in oxon hill last year. for the first time, she described what happened during that attack. >> she just throws acid on me and my daughter. i don't even -- at that point, my face is burning. i can't see. immediately, my eyes are blurry. i could feel my lips swelling up. >> the attack left watts disfigured. investigators say tamira jackson masterminded the attack because
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watts was dating her former boyfriend. they also say she convinced her friend takiya anderson to carry out attack. police trying to figure out who vandalized a middle school. this happened at herbert hoover school in rockville. there was hate language on the doors, windows, and furniture. no arrests have been made in this case. a hearing is set for september 2nd to decide whether former baseball pitcher roger clemens will be retried on perjury charges or whether the case will be dismissed all together. you could say the clemens trial ended in the first inning when the judge in the case declared a mistrial. prosecutors inadvertently showed jurors a video that had been ruled off limits by the judge, a mistake the judge said even first year law students could avoid. clemens is accused of lying to congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs. and we now know when the john edwards criminal trial is expected to start. the former senator and presidential candidate will go
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to trial in october for alleged campaign finance allegations. his defense wanted to delay the trial until january, arguing they need more time. edwards is accused of accepting illegal campaign funds and using them to cover up an extramarital affair during the 2008 presidential campaign. a tentative agreement to end the nfl lockout could come today. that's according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the owners and players union. the two sides made significant progress on a major sticking point. we're talking about rookie salaries. that happened during 15 hours of meetings yesterday. a number of issues like free agency and new off-season workout rules are still unresolved. a deal needs to happen soon to keep the preseason schedule intact. a top official of the redskins admits the team removed thousands of seats at fedex field because they couldn't sell them to ticket holders. "the washington post" reports the skins removed 10,000 upper deck seats after offering them to fans on the season ticket waiting list only to be turned down. the team removed the seats
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earlier this year and announced it was putting in party decks for fans. those plans now appear to be on hold. one official says the seats were removed to ease congestion at concession stands and barmethro. if you've been on the 405 freeway in l.a., you know the backups can be a nightmare. the solution, shut it down. it's being called carmageddon. for 53 hours this weekend, a ten-mile stretch of the 405 will be closed for a $1 billion widening project. officials have begged people to stay off the freeway, even recruiting hollywood stars for commercials there. jet blue is taking advantage of this, offering $4 flights from l.a. to burbank to help avoid the traffic. >> fly from l.a. to burbank. that's pretty amazing. >> $4. i'd do it just to take the flight. >> you certainly do want to avoid that. on a normal day it's carmageddon almost. let's go to tom, who's here to tell us about the forecast. gorgeous sky behind you.
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a beautiful sunrise under way. that's a live picture from the city camera. that's not a french impressionist painting. that is a live picture. look how the visibility is just so great that we don't really have much haze around. another morning with low humidity. you can see streaks of wind there on the tidal bays next to the potomac coming up out of the south. that's due to high pressure just to the east of us. that area of high pressure is now right over the chesapeake bay. we have a bit of a light southerly flow. it's a dry high pressure system that's giving us this gorgeous morning with low 60s throughout much of the region in southern maryland and in prince george's county. montgomery, arlington, fairfax counties mid-60s to near 60 in a few locations across virginia and maryland. out in the mountains of west virginia, temperatures there just in the 50s this morning. our sunrise 5:55. by 9:00 we'll be in the mid-70s. a few clouds in and out throughout the day with low
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humidity. here's your friday night planner. temperatures in the 70s. a gorgeous summer evening and partly cloudy. that moon will be coming up midevening. and during the day tomorrow, a beautiful summer day. great for outdoor recreation and fun. afternoon highs climbing into the mid-80s with lots of sunshine. still not very humid. getting a little more humid on sunday. afternoon highs in the upper 80s. then on monday, it gets hot and humid. highs low 90s. small chance for an afternoon storm. a greater chance of storms and the steam heat on tuesday, wednesday next week. remaining hot through much of the week next week with the humidity lingering as well. check out the weather 24/7. weather channel on cable. here's a look at traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. i have a report of two accidents on bw parkway. first let's start out 295 north. if you're traveling 295 north, you'll see an accident as you approach suitland parkway. on 295 south, you should see the crash as you approach east capital street. just be aware as you make your
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commute. this is the american legion bridge. i am seeing steam pick up here. no major delays. your lanes are open. i'm checking your speed, your travel times. so far you're still traveling at a good speed. as we shoot down to 395 at edsall road. 395 is good as you make your way north to the 14th street bridge. and rails are still looking great. metro, marc, vre, no delays at this time. back to you, joe and aaron. >> danella, thank you. don't worry about a gift. donations will be just fine. on his 50th birthday, president obama is foregoing a party for a major fund-raiser in his hometown of chicago. the event will feature a concert. no word yet who will perform. tickets will range from $50 all the way up to $35,000 per couple. for $10,000, you can get a souvenir photo with the president and preferred seating. the event could be cancelled if they don't raise the debt limit by the august 2nd deadline.
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the president's birthday is august the 3rd. a different birthday celebration involving the first lady. first lady michelle obama was out on "u" street celebrating a friend's birthday. she was at eatonville restaurant on 14th street. once word spread, people cheered as the first lady left. this morning we checked the restaurant's twitter page. its last tweet said, "it was a dream come true and an honor to have michelle obama here at eatonville tonight for dinner." right now potter mania has bewitched washington. "harry potter and the deathly ha hallows part 2" opened at midnight. fans are going all out. tracee wilkins is live in northwest washington with all the details on that. a muggle yourself, right, tracee? >> reporter: you know, i'm not a fan -- i won't say i'm not a fan of a book, but i don't read the book. but i do love the movies. these are definitely my kind of films. i understand people wanting to come out for these midnight showings because they're so fantastic, and they have plenty of people who came up here to
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the uptown to take part in the midnight showing. for those who couldn't get in, they even had a 3:00 a.m. showing, which is a good thing. this is the most successful film in franchise movie history. so it's grossed more money than any other films. the muggle have been breaking online ticket sales for deathly h hallows 2. the movie already has $32 million in advanced ticket sales. it's been selling out across the country, prompting many theaters to have the 3:00 a.m. showing. there's folks behind me in the theater right now. so far the harry potter series has grossed $36.7 billion, making it the most successful film franchise in movie history. i understand this time around the film is actually like an action war film and is the darkest in the series. it's very hard to believe they have a film that can be darker than the "half blood prince" and part 1 to this movie, but from what i understand it's pretty death and dark, and i can't wait to see it.
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back to you all in the studio. >> let me remind you you're working this morning. so slipping into the theater is not a part of the assignment here, i don't think. >> reporter: no, no, i don't think so either. >> tracee wilkins live for us in upper northwest. thanks, tracee. >> popcorn would make a great breakfast. 5:26 is our time. coming up, how you are being asked to help solve the u.s. debt crisis. joo
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i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is back on monday. it is friday, july 15th. welcome back to "news 4 today." >> take a live look outside. look at the buttery horizon out there. looks like the top to some flapjacks i could dig in at this moment. i'm told they're not available at this moment. >> we better get you some with that description. >> and me without a croissant. good morning. we are starting off once again with summer splendor. a gorgeous morning under way with low humidity. clouds coming through. low to mid-60s throughout most of the region. 69 at reagan national. on the eastern shore, a few locations have dipped into the upper 50s this morning. center of the high pressure that brought in the low humidity yesterday is now centered right over the bay and drifting over the eastern shore. we have a light southerly breeze on the western side of that high pressure. we will have the southerly breeze just very light. not going to bring in much humidity. we're in the upper 50s many
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locations in western maryland and west virginia down in the central shenandoah valley. closer to washington in montgomery and fairfax counties, we're down into the low and mid-60s. arlington county, mid and upper 60s. prince george's county only the low 60s in many locations there. and the sky will be partly cloudy through much of the morning. our sunrise is at 5:55. we'll have a light southerly breeze throughout the day today. by 9:00 we'll be into the mid-70s with still some clouds coming through from time to time out of the north and west. then partly cloudy through the afternoon. by noontime near 80 degrees. great beach and pool weather. if you have the opportunity being off today, congratulations. beautiful summer day. highs reaching mid-80s by midafternoon. by late afternoon, back down to the low 80s. if you have plans for being out and about on friday night, you'll want to look at the "night planner" in about ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's the friday commute? >> good morning. still have problems on bw parkway. two accidents separate.
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if you're heading 295 north, you'll see an accident as ayou approach suitland parkway. 295 south, your accident is as you approach east capital street. 95 north of the occoquan in virginia, i am seeing heavy volume at this time. you're going to see it as you make your way out of dale city and head towards the occoquan here. and shooting over to 66. good news on 66. so far inside and outside of the beltway, i see no major delays at this time or incidents to report. as i show you 270 at 109, i am seeing some volume here. i'm watching this 109. sometimes the lanes get a little packed. then they open up. nothing significant at this time. joe, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. look, i want to live in a country that is going on all cylinders, that's giving everybody opportunity, that is continuing to promote the american dream to all who are willing to work hard and be responsible. and i want that country for my
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children and my grandchildren. >> president obama finds himself locked in a battle that could determine whether he is reelected to a second term and could impact this country's economy for years to come. today the president will not hold any talks with congressional leaders, but he will hold another news conference, updating the american people on negotiations to raise the nation's debt limit. nbc news kristen dahlgren is live on capitol hill with more on this story. good morning, kristen. >> reporter: good morning, joe. there really is a lot on the line. the president holding his second press conference this week, taking it to the american people, as he tells lawmakers that they have until saturday to come up with some type of plan on how to move forward. yesterday's meeting really focuseded on taxes. republicans, though, standing firm on their pledge not to raise them. meantime, republicans and democrats in the senate working together. senator mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid coming together on that mcconnell plan, trying to work out some of the details. it's complex, but it would give
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the president authority to raise the debt ceiling, may give lawmakers a little bit of a way to save face, and would push back the debate over the debt until 2013, but it is still controversial. many republicans calling it a sellout plan. reid says they're still looking for a grand plan, but that may be the alternative they're forced to go with. that as another credit rating agency, standard & poor's, says that it may downgrade the u.s. credit rating if no deal is reached, if it looks like the u.s. is going to default on its loans. both sides meeting individually with their caucuses today. there's a possibility the two sides could come back together over the weekend. although no date or time has been set inform that, joe. >> kristen dahlgren, thanks very much. you can get a sense of just how difficult it is to balance the budget on your computer. a nonpartisan think tank has developed a free game called budget hero. it challenges you to deal with universal health care, tax cuts, and foreign aid all while keeping the government running. you can find a link to it by
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going to stay with us for continuing coverage of the debt divide. tune into news 4 to watch the president's comments on the debt deal making later this morning on "news 4 midday" at 12:00. a heating and air conditioning unit sparked a fire at holy cross hospital in silver spring. montgomery county fire and ems says emergency crews who happened to be at the hospital went to check it out and called for backup then. hospital staff moved patients to other areas when smoke started pouring into the building. we're told that some medical procedures went off without any problems, and no patients were in danger. a maryland mother is talking about having to make an unthinkable decision. police say a man carjacked her and her baby at a gas station in baltimore and drove them all the way down to our area. that's when she grabbed her baby and jumped out of a moving car. >> i asked them to pull over
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thousands of times. >> and what did he say? >> he just kept on driving. i said, just let me get the baby out. you can have the car. just let me get the baby out. i really didn't want to jump, but i didn't know what else to do. i acted like i was putting the seat belt on with this hand and pushed the door while he was looking in the rear view mirror, and i used this leg first and jumped out. >> was your baby in your arms? >> like that. >> amazingly no one was hurt in the incident. the suspect, you see him here, 22-year-old tyronn alvin white of baltimore is facing several charges. a man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy in new york levi aron said he hears voices and might be mentally ill. the boy, apparently lost while walking home from summer camp, stopped to ask aron for directions. that's when, prosecutors say,
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aron lured young leibby kletzky to his home and murdered the boy. police say irrational twisted logic led to the young boy's death. >> it defies all logic. i think that's what's really so terribly disturbing about this case. >> levi aron pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping. 5:37 is your time right now. a little too close for
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if you're fortunate enough to have the option of working from home today, make home a park or your backyard or anywhere outside that you don't have to sit in the house or the office. >> and i understand there's a real bad virus sweeping through the nation's capital this morning. you might feel yourself coming down with something. take care, rest. let's go to tom kierein in stormcenter 4 and take a look at the forecast. tom, that's gorgeous out there. >> there's going to be a lot of e-mails saying out of office autoreply. we're down in the low and mid-60s through much of the region. near 70 in washington and right by the bay.
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away from the waters it's only in the 60s. it's only in the 50s in western maryland and west virginia and central shenandoah valley this morning. there's the sky. the sunrise is in about 15 minutes. we'll have our temperatures hold steady in the 60s and 50s here for another maybe hour or so. then we'll climb into the 70s by 9:00. by noontime near 80 degrees. partly cloudy this afternoon. we'll have clouds in and out this morning. quite a bit of sun in the afternoon. still not very humid, highs mid-80s. tonight for your friday night fun, we will have temperatures in the 70s. a gorgeous summer evening coming up. that nearly full moon coming up. we'll have a moonlit sky with clouds coming through in the evening. by this time tomorrow morning in the 60s. danella, good morning. how's traffic? i have a little good news if
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you're traveling on bw parkway. the earlier accident bw parkway heading north at suitland parkway, that one's clear. however, the accident heading sout south as you approach east capital street still blocks the right lane. be aware of that as you're traveling on bw parkway. starting out north of the occoquan on 95, i'll still seeing some delays as you head out of dale city and make your way towards lorton. you will see some relief toward lorton, but the lanes are getting pack. and the beltway in virginia looking good. this is robinson terminal as well as outer loop and inner loop of maryland. at university boulevard. so far no accidents to report. metro, vre looking good. however marc, brunswick east train number 890 has a 15-minute delay. our time is 5:42. coming up, proof that no one gets a
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good morning. welcome back. 5:46. new this morning, the bbc reports that rebecca brooks, a top executive in rupert murdoch's newscorp, has now resigned amid the hacking scandal. it also includes allegations of police bribery. murdoch shut down his tabloid "news of the world" in response to the scandal. meanwhile the fbi has launch the its own investigation here in the u.s. on the allegation that they tried to hack into phones of 9/11 victims. the department of defense experienced a cyber attack from a foreign government. 25,000 files were stolen from a defense industry computer network. no doe tales on what was taken or which country was responsible, but the defense department says it has, quote, a
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pretty good idea who was behind the cyber attack. federal authorities say they have busted an international drug trafficking ring that ran through dulles international. according to court papers, couriers were paid up to $15,000 to smuggle as much as $250,000 worth of heroin from ghana to the u.s. prosecutors say carry-on bags were carefully lined with drugs to evade screening. the operation supplied drugs up and down the east coast. three of the people arrested live in maryland and virginia. this morning delta is inspecting two planes involving a runway crash in boston. a boeing 767 clipped a small jet at logan international last night. the impact left one plane's left wing damaged. the other's back wing was split down the middle. both flights were loaded with passengers. one was headed to amsterdam, and the other was about to take off for raleigh, north carolina. delta says it has one complaint of neck pain but no other
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injuries. police have arrested a suspect in an acid attack on a mother in prince george's county. katrina watts was carrying her daughter out of her car when she was splashed with acid in oxon hill last year. for the first time, she describes what happened during that attack. >> she just throws acid on me and my daughter. at that point, my face is burning. i can't see. immediately my eyes are blurry. i can feel my lips swelling up. >> the attack left watts disfigured. investigators just arrested the woman they call the mastermind behind the attack. they say that tamira jackson planned it because watts was dating her former boyfriend. jackson convinced her friend takiya anderson to carry it out. anderson is already in custody. violence at a local shopping center. this morning a man is recovering from a stabbing in montgomery county. this happened last night at the flower hill shopping center in gaithersburg. chopper 4 flew over the scene. police say it was the suspect -- that the suspect was trying to
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rob the victim. they are not sure if the man was a store employee or a shopper, the man that was injured. no arrests have been made in this case. this morning police are looking for two gunmen who tried to rob an armored car in northwest washington. the masked men approached a brinks truck parked off of 16th street. one of the suspects pointed a gun at him, but one of the brinks employees intervened, and the suspect left the scene with no cash. both the men were well dressed, and they used a stolen 2004 porsche cayenne to get away. there were no injuries. police are still searching for the getaway vehicle that suspects had carjacked in arlington. "the washington examiner" reporting that d.c. mayor vincent gray has requested a zoning change that would allow a gun dealer to sell guns inside police headquarters. since april the district has not had a licensed gun dealer making it impossible for district
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residents to buy guns legally. it would allow guns to be sold inside a d.c. office building. the only licensed gun dealer shut down his shop in april and has been unable to find a new location because of the district's zoning regulations. d.c. council is under recess until mid-september. this has been difficult so far with an investigation of mayor gray and investigations of two council members for inappropriate use of city funds. 5:50 is the time. today you can help the employees of one d.c. institution out of work right now because of a bad fire. capitol hill residents and businesses have organized a fund-raiser inform help the staff at the tune inn restaurant and bar make ends meet. the staff has been out of work since the fire ripped through the legendary restaurant last month. the tune inn is being rebuilt. today's fund-raiser will take place at the american legion post 8 on "d" street southeast from 3:00 to 10:00 tonight. it will feature live music, ralp raffles and an auction.
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while the tune inn remains closed, there will be food donated by local businesses. several communities in indonesia are evacuating because of this volcano. mt. lokon started spewing smoke and ash into the air. 15,000 people have evacuated. 27,000 people who live within two miles of that crater may soon be next. mt. lokon is one of 129 active volcanos in indonesia, which sits on what's known as the pacific ring of fire. >> if you like sultry steam, heat, and humidity on your summer, you're out of luck today. >> going to have to travel to savannah for that. here, again we are benefitting from the wonderful high pressure system over us with the low humidity in place. here's a look at the sunrise. holy moses malone, look at that. beautiful sunrise under way. the golden clouds are lit up. the sun's going to be coming up in about four minutes. and here's another look at the
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sky over the potomac river. live picture from our city camera. right now reagan national at 69 degrees. and the winds coming in out of the south-southwest. it's turned a little more humid. still not very humid. it's comfortably dry. in the central shenandoah valley, mid-50s around harrisonburg down to stanton, virginia. farther to the west in west virginia, many locations in the 50s as well as western maryland. closer to washington, low to mid-60s. 69 at reagan national. away from the waters, only in the 60s in most locations. clouds coming in from the north and northwest. a few sprivg nkles up in wester pennsylvania. mid-70s by 9:00. by noon, near 80. midafternoon mid-80s. clouds in and out much of the day but comfortably dry. overnight tonight for your friday night revelry, we'll have it in the 70s under a partly cloudy moonlit sky. during the day on saturday, 60s
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in the morning. mid-80s, still not very humid. lots of sun tomorrow. a gorgeous weekend coming up. sunday a little more human, but still not too bad. great beach and pool weather. highs reaching the upper 80s and partly cloudy. sweltering humidity returns, as you know it must. it is july. it is washington. virginia and maryland and all around the region, hot, humid weather monday through all of next week. might get storms around on tuesday and wednesday. highs in the 90s each one of those days. let's check traffic now. danella, good morning. how's it looking now? >> a look at our rails. big delay brunswick east. this is train number 890. your delay is now 20 minutes. also traveling 295 south, i still have an accident as you approach east capital street. it's going to block your far right lane. exercise caution as you drive 270 south. this is 66 at gallows road. so far 66 as you approach the beltway, it's not so bad. once you get inside the beltway, it's getting a little bit difficult. lanes are filling up. so far no accidents to report to
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you. another look at the beltway in maryland. this is at university boulevard. so far the beltway is clear inner loop and outer loop in maryland and no accidents to report at this time. joe and aaron, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. nobody is excused from the airport pat-downs these days. not even the former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. tmz snapped these pictures of him getting searched by security at chicago's o'hare airport on wednesday. he didn't seem to mind. his screening comes as many argue the pat-downs are too invasive. mr. rumsfeld and other travelers may get through airport security a little more quickly if they take part in the tsa's new pilot program. it will allow frequent travelers to go through in a secure lane and bypass the screening procedures. the program will begin this fall with delta and american airlines
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in their hub cities. the airlines have invicluded customers who will be able to opt into the program. they will expand if it is successful. ♪ good day sunshine the official wakeup call from nasa, the beatles good day sunshine. however, the space shuttle astronauts may have already been up. officials had to wake them up an hour after they went to sleep because one of the main computers failed. the crew had to switch to a backup system. riding metro this weekend, you may need to plan extra time for your trip. there will be no orange line service between east falls church and west falls church as crews continue to work on the new silver line. you'll also have to add at least a half hour to your trip on the red line with trains between judicial circle because of repairs and blue and green line trains you can expect 20 minute
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delays. some lawmakers have a plan to cut down on expected gridlock around the new mark center in alexandria. they wrote a letter to the new secretary of defense leon panetta, asking him to limit parking at the building to 1,000 spaces. they're trying to discourage dod employees moving into the mark center from driving to work. more than 6,000 government workers are expected to be transferred to that facility in september. local officials are working to create a new bus and shuttle l route to cut down on traffic. today you have a chance to strike it rich on your lunch break. the d.c. lottery's new lucky lottery mobile will make its debut at the nats bullpen on half street. it may look like a food truck, but the only thing they're serving there is lottery tickets. lottery officials say they're trying to cash in on the lunchtime rush hour. the truck will be in place from 11:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. that's a lunch hour. >> that would be a coup, i would think, for the lottery. there is a level of inconvenience, having to find someplace to park, go into a store. if it's right there, coming to you. >> if it's easy to relieve you
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of your money. >> they'll find a way to do it. absolutely. lawmakers put aside political wrangling for a bit of fun last night at nats park. >> democrats and republicans slugged it out at the 50th annual congressional baseball game. representatives wore jerseys appropriate to their home districts out on the field. once play began, the democrats clearly had the better game. they beat the republicans 8-2 last night. constituents got to see the representatives play for $10 a seat. proceeds from this year's game went to the washington literacy council and the boys and girls clubs of greater washington. >> a lot of fun out there at the ballpark. >> looked like a lot of fun. beautiful night for baseball. your time right now is 5:57. as we take a look outside, we are
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gorgeous day across the district for you.


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